Sunil Mehta  

Old and abandoned… by Sunil Mehta

May 2020 - Old and abandoned…

May 2020 - Sunil Mehta


About the Image(s)

Camera : LEICA SL Lens: 50mm
Exposures: 1/60 Sec; f/6.8; ISO 50.

Post process: Photoshop & Lightroom.

About photo:
This was taken near the city of Ahmedabad, India. This city is declared as Heritage city by the UN, is famous for its unique Hindu and Islamic architecture, the city is about 500 plus years old. This old door is of a small storage room at the famous stepwell of Adalaj, stepwell was built in the year 1499 (+/-). This place is just 5 miles from my house in India 😊

For interested, more about stepwell

(I have some good photos taken here, will post sometime in the future)

9 comments posted

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Sunil, what a big transformation from your SOC picture! Wonderful textures! Can you discuss what you did in Lightroom and Photoshop to enhance your textures and colors?   Posted: 05/02/2020 20:35:49

Terry Walters   Terry Walters
You have selected the important part of the image and created a super image all about texture, and whereas the common approach is to make it B&W I think the colours work well here.

Two comments, I don't think you need as much of the left wall, which also takes the door off-centre, and do you have one with the entire step showing, the bottom right looks a bit too tight in the frame (or clone a bit).
  Posted: 05/03/2020 13:47:51
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Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Thanks Terry,
Agree, left wall makes image unbalanced, I liked the Jim's version. that looks good.   Posted: 05/26/2020 22:15:37

Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
I really like your interpretation of this scene. From a tourist snapshot to an artistic display of this ancient wall and shutter.

The textures are so rich and you've done well to accentuate them. I agree with Terry that the bottom feels a little cramped. Would like to see a little more space under the window but understand if it was not possible to shoot it like that.

I don't mind the left side so much and like that texture, though might consider either putting the window right in center, or doing a crop like Terry's where it is pushed further to left or right. Here it seems too close to center but not...   Posted: 05/12/2020 16:33:04
Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Thanks Jason,
Square crop will look much better than what i did, look atJim's version, that looks very good.   Posted: 05/26/2020 22:18:46

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I love the photo. Your conversion is great. However, my feeling is that the bottom sill is needed so in my conversion I "created" a new sill for the door and I also cropped some off the right side.   Posted: 05/14/2020 17:45:23
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Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Thanks Jim,

Your creation is the best, liked it, much better than what I posted. Appreciate.   Posted: 05/26/2020 22:21:04

Richard Huang   Richard Huang
Sunil, I have to say that at the very beginning, I like the original more, except for the tour bus.

But when I kept coming back more, I like your final more. I like it, it is nice done. I do agree that the bottom part is a little tight, but feel OK so far for what you have done.

I do like the texture and the light, in particular the red ink is nicely done.   Posted: 05/17/2020 20:57:58
Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Thanks Richard,

Agree about bottom part, is tight. Jim has suggested a better crop and also worked on bottom part, I liked the Jim's version most.   Posted: 05/26/2020 22:22:37


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